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Research shows that teenagers who choose to pick up a book for pleasure are more likely to succeed in life. Getting them to do so, however, isn’t easy.

It is with this in mind that we passionately pursue the development of reading at our school. Each of our pupils has the opportunity to read to an adult at least two times a week - adults actively model reading for pleasure and children are encouraged to read aloud in different environments. Additionally, all tutor group are encouraged to have their class reading book, which can be read during tutor times. It is hoped that a love of reading and an appreciation of literature will develop during our pupil’s time at our school.

To help personalise development in pupils reading, last year we have signed up to LexiaUK which is bespoke programme to help students develop the six areas of reading, covering early phonological to advanced comprehension skills. The program creates personalised learning paths for each student through an adaptive placement and scaffolded activities. The six areas for development are:

  • Phonological awareness.
  • Phonics.
  • Structural analysis.
  • Automaticity/Fluency.
  • Vocabulary.
  • Comprehension.

We also monitor all pupils reading and record their success weekly with our readathon cup and individual pupils can monitor their progress on our race track in the library.